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Greater Albany Public Schools began Distance Learning for All on April 13, 2020. Links to all Distance Learning weekly plans and resources can be accessed on the Distance Learning page. All of our schools will continue to communicate school-specific information to families. Here is a quick overview of what to expect by grade level (click on links for more details) (Mensaje en español)

Elementary Schools:

  • Workbooks are being delivered to your home, and it is ok if they have not yet arrived. 
  • Graded assignments are kept to a minimum. 
  • Focus on the skills and standards to be prepared for next school year.  
  • Students will receive a grade of Met of Not Met for end of year semester grades.  
  • All assignments will be listed on the district’s website in the weekly plan.
  • Your teachers miss you very much!

Middle Schools:

  • Designed to allow students to work at their own pace.  There is no “class schedule” or required meetings. 
  • Although there will continue to be daily suggested activities posted on the website, only highlighted  assignments will need to be completed for a grade. 
  • The assignments will be based on the workbooks and packets that have been sent to student homes.  
  • Your teachers want to connect with you and are excited to offer set office hours when students can get live support from their teacher if they need it!

High Schools:

  • Students will be working on credits in their currently enrolled classes.
  • Classes may look different online, or through packets, and the expectations for students will definitely change.  
  • All seniors will have heard from their school by the end of this week.
  • Teachers’ office hours will be posted on the website and shared directly by teachers to students.
  • Staff is excited to reconnect and make those personal connections with students!

Educational Programs: Every Kid, Every Day

DSCF6227We want our schools to be welcoming places. We care about your children and will do our very best meet their needs every day.

We create and promote a respectful learning environment in which all individuals can grow and reach their greatest potential. We plan, we do, we study and then we act on what we have learned from our past behaviors or actions.

A rich, culturally sensitive, inclusive learning community benefits us all and  builds community strength. We are community leaders, and we partner with other government agencies to be efficient and effective stewards of our resources.

Early Learning = Life Long Success

DSCF5920Learning starts in infancy, and essential brain development that is critical to school and life success takes place in the first four years.

The keys to successful start include:

  • A healthy diet
  • A language-rich and stimulating environment
  • A loving and nurturing family.

It is critical to provide all children with rich early learning. GAPS is partnering with early learning providers including Headstart, Linn Benton Lincoln ESD and other private preschool providers to insure that all of our children from birth to age 5 have access to quality early learning opportunities.

Please contact the GAPS district office or the Linn Benton Lincoln Education Service District to find out about programs for early learning.

A Medical Model for Education

GAPS uses a medical model for student growth and learning that is based on a medical “Triage Model,” called Response To Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS).

The behavioral interventions in this model are based on what would be most effective for each student. This work is supported by research-based models from the University of Oregon. We are excited to put these supports in place to serve kids in an individual manner and focus our resources on high-leverage practices that lead to great learning outcomes for all students.

High School is No Longer Enough

_MG_7295Our high schools have some of the highest graduation rates in the state: 98% at West Albany High School and 85% at South Albany High School.

We teach students that high school graduation is a necessity, but it is no longer enough. Students must be successful after graduating, too.

This could include a college degree, a community college certificate or Associates Degree, a vocational trades program, or military service. We know that in order for a student to be able to obtain a “family wage job,” they will need advanced training or education beyond the high school level.

Kids need to explore a variety of possible post high school options during their time in high school. Our high schools offer an introduction to vocational education and college readiness courses.